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July 10, 2014

At least one NMC trustee won't run again

TRAVERSE CITY — At least one Northwestern Michigan College trustee won't seek reelection this fall, and no one officially has filed to run for the board's three open seats with only twelve days until the July 22 filing deadline.

NMC board Vice Chair Bill Myers said he's too busy to run for another six-year term on the college board.

"My business activities and the other nonprofits I'm involved with are taking up too much time," Myers said Thursday. "And it’s time to try something new."

Myers' term expires at the end of the year, as do the terms of trustees Ross Childs and Susan Sheldon.

Childs said in May he was undecided about whether he'll run for office again and said he didn't know when he’ll make the decision.

Childs could not be reached for comment on Thursday. Sheldon in May and this week did not return calls about whether she'll run for office.

Candidates for the NMC board must file with the Grand Traverse County Clerk in order to appear on the November ballot.

The top three vote-earners in that election will join the college board.

Kelly Hall, president of Traverse City Area Public Schools' Board of Education, said she hasn't "ruled out" running for the NMC board.

"I think I could offer educational background and perhaps a different perspective than that board currently has, a fresh perspective," Hall said.

Hall previously said she will not seek reelection to the TCAPS board. Hall said this week she needs to consider her family and professional commitments before deciding whether to run for the NMC board.

Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele said the November ballot will include write-in slots if less than three candidates file for the NMC board election. College trustees will appoint individuals to fill vacant seats on a temporary basis after the election, if needed.

Myers said he considered himself "fortunate" to serve on the NMC board and said the college provides lifelong learning opportunities at a very affordable price.

"NMC does a wonderful job catering to those people who want to learn," he said.

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